Acme Packing Company's 2016 mock draft continues on with picks five and six in round one, as we release the first-round picks over the course of this week. The rules were simple: seven authors were assigned four or five teams apiece, and made the picks for each of those teams whenever they came up. We will pick the first three rounds of the draft.
After the 23rd pick, the rest of the NFC North besides the Green Bay Packers' picks are in as we wait for the Packers' pick to come up in tomorrow's selections.
Round 1, Pick 23: Minnesota Vikings choose Leonard Floyd, linebacker, Georgia
Tex Western played the role of Vikings GM Rick Spielman for this exercise:
The Vikings are bummed to see Doctson come off the board one pick earlier, as he would be a nice fit in their offense. Instead, they look to the defense, where they have a gaping hole at their weak-side linebacker spot (and don't say Chad Greenway is the answer). Floyd played in a 3-4 defense for the Bulldogs, but he's more suited to being an off-the-ball linebacker at the next level, where he can use his speed to chase down ball-carriers.
Minnesota should be a good fit for Floyd - their solid defensive line should keep him clean and he has a pair of impressive UCLA prospects in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks to lead him along early in his career. And they should be just fine to find a capable wide receiver in round two, even if they can't find as complete a player as Doctson.
Round 1, Pick 24: Cincinnati Bengals pick Corey Coleman, wide receiver, Baylor
Mike Vieth was in charge of the Bengals' front office in our mock and has this to say:
Cincinnati lost Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in free agency and left a huge hole behind superstar AJ Green. While the Bengals signed Brandon LaFell, that's no real assurance of anything. They take the biggest deep threat in the draft with Corey Coleman in this spot. While he might fit better in the slot and not be a number two receiver yet, Coleman will be explosive out of the slot as he gets off the ball well and can create separation between the corners. His biggest knock right now is that he didn't have a complex route tree at Baylor and he catches the ball too much with his body but this kid is an elite all-round athlete and should catch on quickly.
The Bengals find just what they need here with Coleman. They needed to replace several players they lost in free agency and Coleman is the first piece. Don't be surprised if they double dip with another receiver in the early rounds to give Andy Dalton another weapon and get some attention away from AJ Green.
Mock Draft Summary
|1.3||SD||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|1.4||DAL||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|1.7||SF||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|1.8||PHI (via MIA)||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|1.9||TB||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|1.11||CHI||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|1.13||MIA (via PHI)||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|1.16||DET||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|1.17||ATL||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|1.18||IND||Noah Spence||OLB||Eastern Kentucky|
|1.19||BUF||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|1.21||WAS||Cody Whitehair||OL||Kansas State|